23 bands to play at the Tri-State Band Festival

The audience may watch the flags wave, hear horns blare and see the intricate maneuvers of 10 bands participating in the field competition

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Students from Worthington High School march down West Main St. in the Tri-State Band Festival Saturday in Luverne. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)
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LUVERNE — The 71st annual Tri-State Band Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 24.

Adults and children alike are welcome to drop by and make a craft during that time, but should register in advance by calling (507) 295-5340 to register, as space and supplies are limited.
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Twenty-three bands are participating this year.

Parade competition starts at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Luverne, where 15 marching bands will perform on the parade route. Bleachers will be available at the McKenzie and Main intersection, near the judging stations.

The audience may watch the flags wave, hear horns blare and see the intricate maneuvers of 10 bands participating in the field competition, which starts at 12:30 p.m. on the Cardinal Football Field of the Luverne Public Schools, located at 709 Kniss Avenue in Luverne.

Admission to the field competition comes with the purchase of the Tri-State Band Festival button for $10. Buttons were designed by LHS junior Perceyis Trierweiler.


Bands from Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa will converge on the Luverne community to take part in one of the longest running community marching competitions in the region featuring more than 23 bands and 1,500 students.

This year’s participating bands include Adrian-Ellsworth, Hutchinson, Murray County, Pipestone, Stewartville and Worthington, Minnesota; George-Little Rock, Iowa; and Brandon Valley, Brookings, Dell Rapids, Garretson, Harrisburg, Lennox, Madison, Sioux Falls Christian, Sioux Falls Lutheran, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Tea, Tri-Valley, West Central, South Dakota.

Host bands are Luverne Middle School and Luverne High School.

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